Etymology
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souse (v.)

late 14c., "to pickle, steep in vinegar," from Old French sous (adj.) "preserved in salt and vinegar," from Frankish *sultja or some other Germanic source (compare Old Saxon sultia "salt water," Old High German sulza "brine"), from Proto-Germanic *salt- (from PIE root *sal- "salt"). Related: Soused; sousing.

souse (n.)

something steeped in pickle, especially "pig parts preserved and pickled," mid-15c., earlier "liquid for pickling" (late 14c.), from souse (v.) or from its French source.

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Definitions of souse
1
souse (v.)
cover with liquid; pour liquid onto;
souse water on his hot face
Synonyms: drench / douse / dowse / soak / sop
souse (v.)
immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate;
Synonyms: dunk / dip / plunge / douse
souse (v.)
become drunk or drink excessively;
Synonyms: soak / inebriate / hit it up
souse (v.)
cook in a marinade;
souse herring
2
souse (n.)
a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually;
Synonyms: alcoholic / alky / dipsomaniac / boozer / lush / soaker
souse (n.)
pork trimmings chopped and pickled and jelled;
souse (n.)
the act of making something completely wet;
Synonyms: drenching / soaking / sousing
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